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I have an external hard drive that will not let me open it by clicking on the icon in the my computer folder. i have to right click on it and click open or explore to access it. How can i fix this?

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    maynard_ar May 11, 2010

    is it giving you an error message. what is it doing when you double click on it

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Click Start, and then click My Computer

Click Tools, and then click Folder Options

On the general tab,

Click the Restore Defaults button at the bottom right

and see if that fixes it.

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